I was thinking today that we as Christians have gotten into the habit of speaking Jesus name in all of our prayers as if it will make sure that we get what we want. I was praying on my personal journal blog and started to write down, In Jesus Name, AMEN, but something made me stop and think for a moment. I want God’s will to be done and I don’t what to fill like I am conjuring up some sort of result just because I say the right words.
I understand why we use the formula at the end our our prayers. Scripture states in various places that: John 14:13-14 “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” Also, John 15:16 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
When you look at other scriptures that are talking about “in my name” they generally have to do with God getting the glory out of the outcome. For Example: Mark 16:17 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” or another example Mark 9:41 “For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” or concerning children: Mark 9:37 “Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.” It all comes down to how does God get the Glory.
The word Amen, in the hebrew language, means “Your will be done” in not so many words anyway. So I guess in the end what we are really saying is “In Jesus Name we pray, your will be done.” I think that we need to get away from saying it just because we are trying to minipulate God into doing our own will, or for the matter, the reason “this is just the way we are supposed to finish our prayer, or they might not get heard,(Like he wouldn’t hear it anyway)” or anything like that and realize that when we are praying in His Name, it is so he gets the glory. I am not sure exactly what I am saying right now, but it is a good place to start. Why am I saying, ‘In Jesus name, AMEN!’ in the first place? What is the motive behind my prayer? Is it just a forula? I guess we just have to realize when it comes to the end of the prayer – we need to realize that it is His will we want done. I don’t know what are your Thoughts and comments?